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LINGUIST List 23.1273

Tue Mar 13 2012

Jobs: Asian Englishes; Language Contact: PhD, U of Hong Kong

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Date: 13-Mar-2012
From: Lisa Lim <lisa.ls.limgmail.com>
Subject: Asian Englishes; Language Contact: PhD, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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University or Organization: University of Hong Kong
Department: School of English
Job Location: Hong Kong
Web Address: http://www.english.hku.hk
Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)

Description:

Applications are invited for a full-time 3-year PhD position in Asian
Englishes. This position is situated within the project 'The ecology and
evolution of Asian Englishes', directed by Dr Lisa Lim
(http://www.english.hku.hk/staff/lisalim.htm), and funded by the Hong Kong
Research Grant Council's General Research Fund (GRF). In general, the
Asian Englishes project aims to provide an comprehensive understanding
of the linguistic features of varieties of English in Asia, focussing on
postcolonial multilingual ecologies such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri
Lanka, and relying on two complementary investigative thrusts: (i) a
consideration of sociohistorical aspects, in particular demography and
language policies during different eras, from the (pre-)colonial period
through post-independence and into the new millennium; and (ii) a close
examination of the linguistic features of the (local) languages that have
come into contact with English as it has evolved.

It is expected that the PhD student will work on one variety of Asian
English, preferably Hong Kong or Sri Lankan English, though a proposal to
work on other Asian Englishes is equally welcome. While the PhD
dissertation will be an independent discrete topic (e.g. on certain linguistic
feature(s) of the Asian English investigated), it will in general be situated in
the spirit of the larger Asian Englishes project and will preferably involve (i)
sociohistorical investigation, including immigration patterns, language
policy, etc, and (ii) structural analysis, with an eye on contact dynamics,
potentially involving the collection of data, and will contribute to and be an
integral part of the larger Asian Englishes project. The specifics of the
project will vary depending on the variety of English being worked on.

The position is available for 36 months, starting 1 Sept 2012 or as soon as
possible thereafter.

Applications for an MPhil position will also be considered.

Candidates should have background in linguistics and preferably familiarity
with World/New/Asian Englishes. Previous fieldwork experience is
desireable but not a prerequisite.

Applications have to be via the standard application process for the
University of Hong Kong, and must be made online. Please see
http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/index_ps.htm for more
information on research degrees at HKU, and
http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/ for application procedures.
The deadline for applications for the 1st Clearing Round of admissions is
30 April 2012.

Full-time PhD students who hold a first degree with second-class honours
first division (or equivalent) or above are normally considered eligible to
receive a Postgraduate Studentship during the normative study period.
Candidates' results in Master's degrees may also be considered. The basic
level of studentship was HK$13,600 (US$1,740) per month for the 2011-
2012 academic year (w.e.f. September 1, 2011) (subject to revision).
Support is available for conferences and fieldwork from the university and
the GRF project grant. More information on awards and financial assistance
may be found at
http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/index_ps4.htm

Enquiries about the PhD position or the larger Asian Englishes project
should be directed to Dr Lisa Lim at lisa.ls.limgmail.com

Because the actual application submission is to a central university pool,
applicants should in addition send a brief email to Dr Lisa Lim
(lisalimhku.hk) just to inform her that they have applied for this position.


Application Deadline: 30-Apr-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/
Contact Information:
Dr Lisa Lim
Email: lisa.ls.limgmail.com
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